DIY Gelatine Caps & Osmocote Root Tabs

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    Been through this thread and there is no mention of the amount / or how many capsules you put into the tank. Is there a general guideline or rule for this?
     
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    Similar to Seachem root tabs. About 10 cm space between each capsule.
     
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    Most IMPORTANT TIP push the caps deep down the deeper the better!!!!
     
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    dischem for the capsules. if i recall, try use vegetable capsules and not the animal gellatine ones.. veg ones are hard to come by though.

    method? they root tabs right? push into substrate by the roots of plants.

    amount... not sure but dont use too much. osmocote is quite strong apparently.. when i use it, i add one thin layer on the bottom of the substrate before i scape the tank.. approx 1-2 ball size thick.

    oh and by the way..i have never had the need to use root tabs BTW.. even with inert gravel.. EI seems to be enough for the plants to grow crazy.
     
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    Hmmm... so if I'm already dosing EI, and now going to add osmocote, won't I be Over over fertilizing? can this cause a problem to the fish and the plants?

    Method seems simple enough :icon_study: :laughing7:

    Thanks ladies and gents!
     
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    nope.. from my understanding, if you add them to the substrate then they are "capped" what this means is that it isnt in the water column for algae to absorb. only the roots "tap" these nutrients.

    So its safe to do with EI. just dont go crazy.
     
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    Hi Trev,

    I need to get hold of a few hunder grams of Osmocote in Cape Town. Where do you get yours?

    Greg
     
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    I did not want to open a new threat but have a few questions.

    1. Why use the 12 to 14 months and not the 3 to 6 months one?
    2. How deep with a cap in substrate 1cm or 4cm or deeper ?
    3. Is it 10 cm apart or 25 cm? A capsule ?
    4. Why still dose normal dry/liquid ferts if the osmocote has macro and Micro already being released?
     
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    1: longer release
    2: I have in 1-3cm substrate and seems to be fine
    3: I did about 20cm apart
    4: This is mainly for heavy root feeders, I used for my crypts, sag and vallis
     
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    1) 12 to 14 months - is for ground conditions ... fully submerged you will be lucky to get 3 months before it is all "released"
    2) as deep as the substrate is ... depending on substrate type it will take longer for the undissolved prill shells to surface. BTW diggers could uproot shallow pills.
    3) How heavy are your root feeders, I like only dumping a few under the roots of the heavy feeders.
    4) If done as intended .. the root tabs are for the substrate root zone ... yes some may should escape into the water column if you have say PFS but if you have a substrate that has a high Cation Exchange Capacity - C.E.C then this allows if needed for the nutrients to be "stored"

    Not to repeat the gospel on the internet see http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/2...n-low-cec-inert-cation-exchange-capacity.html .. be sure to follow the link to the article http://www.sfwcf.com/pam/pam2c.pdf page 17 starts to get interesting.

    after all of that q 4 .. primary water column fertz in my view is probably still needed even if you are running some root tabs. Every tanks and setup is different the above is just how I see things today ;)

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Flourite has a high CEC, probably how my crypts survived for a while lol.
     
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    Thank you everyone!


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